This 2019 Anna Maria Abbona Dolcetto has just been announced as a Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri winner for 2021!! This is the most coveted honor awarded by Gambero Rosso, and the only Dolcetto selected from an overall 467 wines honored by an independent panel that blind tasted 24,638 wines over the course of 8 months.
We have always had felt a connection and fondness for Anna Maria Abbona and her wine ever since we had the pleasure of lunching with her at a small dairy outside of Barolo back in the summer of 2005. Driving to the south and visiting the farmer’s market in Dogliani one morning sealed the deal. Her first vintage making this wine was 1989.
Sori’ is Piedmontese dialect for the sunny south face of a hill. ‘But’ or Butti is the name of the hamlet where Anna Maria and her husband Franco’s house and cellar are, a stunning spot in a very beautiful area.
This is classic Dogliani Dolcetto is from 40-45 year old vines on clay and calcareous marl. The 100% varietal Dolcetto is hand picked in mid September. After sorting, the grapes are fermented and aged in stainless steel. This Dolcetto is a DRY red, not sweet as the name implies. It shows great color, reddish purple and violet-tinged, aromas of blueberries and tea leaf, and some tea tannins to go with the abundant fruit on the palate. Dolcetto is one of the best, every day, multi purpose table wines I know; whether its pizza, pasta or grilled lamb chops, enjoy a glass, and all will be right with the world.
“Rare harmony features in the very youthful Dogliani Sori dij But 2019, a wine endowed with remarkable structure and an alluring fresh vein that delights the palate. It’s an elegant hymn to Dogliani’s fruity richness.”- Tre Bicchieri – Gambero Rosso 2021 edition. page 45.